- Check weather and tides for the area and seek advice from locals.
- Check your steering and engines.
- Consider the skipper’s experience level and the vessel type.
- A rapid change in conditions may prevent a safe return to harbour – if your vessel and
provision levels won’t allow you to weather it out at sea, don’t leave port.
During a bar crossing:
- Securely batten down or close all deck openings, hatches and doors.
- Ensure your vessel has adequate stability. Secure moveable objects and ensure all weights, including passengers, are as low down in the vessel as possible.
- Ensure everyone on board is awake, dressed and wearing their lifejacket.
- Approach the bar at a moderate speed so you can adjust your speed as needed.
- Have a lookout at the back of the boat to watch for dangerous building swells.